There was an interesting TV program by a botanist discussing how
plants live and breath at the biological? level. One of the points made
was that there is only nine inches of topsoil that has fed civilization
since the beginning of time because that is the depth at which nutrients
accumulate. Wonder what the normal depth is of a ridge and furrow ?
On 7/11/03 6:38 AM Paul Courtney writes:
>Ridge and furow occurs in France, Sweden, Denmark and Germany and other
>countries though I have never seen a map of its distribution. North and
>East France was classic champion country of nucleated villages surrounded
>by large open fields comprising strips strips - so ridge and furrow would
>not be surprising on the heavier soils. I have seen furrow bottoms in
>excavated Carolingian sites in NE France but I imagine a lot has gone
>under the agri-industrial farming regimes of that part of the world.
>However, not all open fields had ridge and furrow.